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February 9, 2015

 

 

Generosity meets the needs of others and fosters community.

 

On the topic of generosity, it is not exclusively a godly principle, yet there are numerous examples in the Bible. Let’s take a closer look at this topic, to see what we might learn together.

 

It all belongs to GOD.

 

Lynn and I took a course on family finances when we were first married. One of the key principles that I still remember 20+ years later is that “it all belongs to God, we just get to be the stewards.” A common misperception among followers of Jesus is that we give God His share of our income, a tithe, or 10% of our income. The truth is that all that all we have belongs to God, not just the tithe. Once we took on the attitude that it all belongs to God, it has simply been a matter of learning how to become a good steward, or fsdajkl, of the resources that God has provided us.

 

A more difficult principle is that you will become wealthy if you take your income, invest 10%, give 10%, save 10% and then live on the remaining 70%. While I must confess, I struggled to do this, yet like most principles, it is indeed a noble goal.

 

You cannot share what you do not have.

 

Another principle on sharing is that we are conduits of blessing to others. In Proverbs 11:24 it says, “One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.” As blessings come into your life, in whatever form, allow those blessings to flow through you to others. In Luke 3, it says, “whoever has two tunics, share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.” One of the great pleasures in life is to share of the abundance which we have been blessed. This is not about money, it’s about our attitude towards money and possessions. Kindness, love, compassion, sincere compliments, and doing someone a favor, are all examples of being generous that actually have a greater impact than money.

 

Cast your bread upon the water…

 

“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” II Corinthians 9:6 God’s grace and provision is continually poured out upon us all, great and small. From the breath that you just took, to the bread you ate today, God is the one who ultimately provides for your needs. When you give, do it with joy! When someone gives to you, receive their gift with gratefulness. Give God the GLORY in all things!

 

Tap into GODs resources (you can’t outgive GOD)

 

Psalm 50:10 says, "For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills." When I attended Sunday School as a child we used to sing a song that began with, “He owns the cattle on a thousand hills, the wealth in every mine…” There is a very powerful devine principle in this song. God is the maker of all things, where we as His children may enjoy all that he has. There is no lack in the kingdom of God, only a lack of understand of our position as Children of the King.

 

What is it that God is challenging you to become more generous? Perhaps there is something that you hold so tight, where God would say, “release that material possession that you cling to and allow Him to increase your resources 2 times, 10 times, 100 times, or 1,000 times.”

 

Be blessed!

Dave & Lynn Mahloy

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